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Fundraising news

We are gearing up for what will be an unforgettable evening of fun and fundraising at our Art Auction fundraiser in aid of the National Youth Arts Trust!

Patron Grayson Perry, a host of international artists, our friends, family, beneficiaries, trustees, patrons and supporters are joining us on 13th September to celebrate and support the Arts.

Vitra’s Clerkenwell showroom is being transformed for the evening into an auction house, and a stunning collection of 30 diverse pieces of fine art, prints and photography will be showcased in the auction, including an exclusive Grayson Perry artwork as the headline live auction piece.

Amongst the featured artists are works by Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Renoir!

Our event photographer Alex is capturing the evening’s events and we’ll be posting the most memorable moments on our website and social media pages so follow the NYAT online and keep up to date with the bidding!

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We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the inspiring artists who have kindly donated the incredible art collection on auction.

Their generosity means that so many lives will be changed. NYAT supports young dancers, actors, and musicians, who despite their difficult financial circumstances or backgrounds, can access training and flourish through our bursary scheme, youth theatre projects and theatre ticket scheme.

A very special thank you to our event partners, The Furniture Practice, Rise Art and Vitra for their incredible support and without whom the evening would not have been possible. Also, a big thank you to Broad Gallery for their kind donation and support of NYAT’s fundraising event.

The National Youth Arts Trust are passionate about the Arts. NYAT believe that now, more than ever, we need to invest in the Arts. Art and Culture have the potential to build bridges, strengthen communities and help us aspire to a fairer, more inclusive and more progressive society.

To do this, we need the Arts to be accessible to all – regardless of your family’s wealth or where you are born. Sadly though, many talented young people are prevented from following their passions by a lack of financial support, with the performing arts becoming less and less diverse as a result.

With the money we raise from the auction, the NYAT will continue to work hard to ensure that talented young people are not at risk of being excluded from training in the arts because of lack of finances.

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You can help support our work by donating here – your generosity is very much appreciated!

Here is a small selection of the beautiful artworks featuring in the silent auction:



Mikela Henry-Lowe is a Jamaican artist based in London whose vibrant portraits celebrate the beauty of black women. The artist’s primary interest is the representation of black women in society. By breaking down her images into patterns and fragments of colour, Mikela aims to break down the overarchingly negative image of black women that dominates the media.

An array of shapes and colours make up each portrait, capturing the colourful personality not just of the subject, but also of the artist herself. Mikela studied at Central Saint Martins and has showcased her work at a number of London galleries. She has also been featured in a number of articles, including an interview feature for The Artist’s Magazine.

Zig-Zag Distortion

Zig Zag Robert Dunt

Robert Dunt is an influential British artist who paints colourful contemporary works that are inspired by music. His ‘Distortion Form’ paintings pulse with a kind of electrified energy that will make your eyes buzz and your walls pulsate!

Before pursuing art, Robert trained as a barrister and worked as a journalist. He then went on to study at City and Guilds of London Art School, and has since exhibited his work extensively. Robert has held several solo shows in London. He has also showcased his paintings in group shows both locally and internationally.

Smoke II

Tom Hammick

Tom Hammick is a British painter and printmaker, based in East Sussex and London. He has described landscape in his work as a metaphor to explore an “imaginary and mythological dreamscape.” Drawing from a wide range of sources, from Japanese woodblock prints to Northern European Romantic painting, utopian Modernism and contemporary cinema, Hammick’s depictions of isolated human dwellings grounded in uncanny dream-like settings summon the uneasy atmosphere of a psychologically-charged thriller, or a dystopian suburban nightmare.

Tom was the winner of the V&A Prize at the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK in 2016, and the printVioletta and Alfredo’s Escape, 2016, was acquired by the V&A. His work is in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings); V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), UK; Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings); Deutsche Bank; Yale Centre for British Art; and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.

St. Tropez Boats

Tommy Clarke

Tommy Clarke travels the world taking aerial photographs. The British photographer is better known for his fashion and portrait work, but his love of travel has sparked a new series of aerial shots that have captured attention worldwide. Tommy’s exquisite photographs are not digitally manipulated or enhanced in any way – these are untouched snapshots of the landscape from above. The photographer grew up on the South coast of England where he spent many a holiday by the sea. His interest in the interaction between water, land and people is a powerful theme in his work.

In 2015 Tommy was named International Landscape Photographer of the Year. He has exhibited work at the Affordable Art Fair and the Other Art Fair, and his aerial photographs have been featured in magazines like GQ, Conde Nast Traveler and Aesthetica Magazine. The Evening Standard and the Wall Street International have also published his photographs.

Let the bidding commence 🙂



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